Nicolas Feuillatte, Brut Rosé Cuvée Palmes d’Or Épernay 1996

Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Rose 1996

Saignée method Rosé.  Fruit hails from Bouzy and Riceys.

Cerise pink with a copper sheen.  He’s bold, phenolic and spiced like a souq.   Underneath is billowing curtain of musky reds, swollen in its ripeness, cherubic yet intensely energetic.  Cassis-flavored with semi-solid density, almost syrupy.  Preferred this as a red wine on day two: less blatant, more delineation, the finesse shows, hints of leather, oleander, wet straw, braised oxtail.  For now, a seductive ’96; profundity will have to wait.  Now – 2020.

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